Netherlands, Utrecht

Alternative Education in the Netherlands

when 9 July 2012 - 13 July 2012
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 690

Confidence in the development of children.

An important feature of the Dutch education system is the so-called ‘freedom of education’. This freedom results in a diversity of confessional and public schools and in a great variety of pedagogic-educational concepts.

Within the Dutch education system, alternative pedagogy takes an important place. Many parents choose a school for their child based on the ideas of Maria Montessori, Helen Parkhurst, Peter Petersen, or Celestin Freinet. The most recent developments (from the end of the 20th century) are schools based on the educational concept of `het Nieuwe Leren’ (independent learning).
These educational concepts share the idea that the foundation in education and pedagogy is having confidence in children. Children must have room to develop their own potential. Within these concepts, ideas such as independence and responsibility for oneself as well as for others play an important part. In all these alternative schools children’s needs and the relationship with the teacher are handled in an innovative way.

In this course you will be introduced to alternative schools as an important component of the Dutch education system, and to the contexts, theory, and practice of alternative education.

Course leader

J. van Dulmen (MSc)

Target group

Advanced bachelors / beginning masters in the early training period of their study, with a background in education or social care.

Course aim

Introducing students to alternative pedagogy in the Netherlands, focusing on becoming competent teachers in alternative schools.

Credits info

2 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 690: Course + course materials + housing


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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